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Elland, towed by Queenie, on the Rochdale Canal at Rochdale
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Elland, towed by Queenie, on the Rochdale Canal at Rochdale, during the 2002 Jubilee Journey around the South Pennine Ring.
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For over 200 years, from around 1740, horsedrawn boats were one of the main forms of transporting goods. However, the convenience of motor-powered boats has meant that a horsedrawn boat is a rare sight on most of our canals today.

The Horseboating Society exists to promote horseboating and to preserve the heritage and skills of this once common form of transport.
Read our Aims and Objectives here.

Some members are involved in commercial operations, carrying passengers for pleasure trips.

Some members take part in projects making horsedrawn journeys, often to rallies and festivals.

Find out what The Horseboating Society is doing and how you can enjoy the experience of horseboating!

Go to Events for timetable and itineraries.
Go to News to see what has been happening.
Go to Gallery for photo collections showing events and journeys in more detail.

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Horseboating Society News
Read what we have been doing.
Towlines
Read the programme of horseboating events.
Document Library
Download the Horseboating Heritage Guidance document, membership form, crew form, etc.
Horseboat operators
Details of the remaining operators of horsedrawn boats.
Long distance journeys
Special one-off long-distance horsedrawn journeys.
Get involved!
What can we do for you? What can you do for us?
Horse Handlers
Experienced horse handlers can learn the skills of working a boat horse.
Committee Reports

The Horseboating Society is a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital. Registered in England no. 5436410.
Registered Office: 12 Oakwood View, Lower Beestow, Mossley, Ashton under Lyne, OL5 9QF

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